Monika Michelle Arceneaux is an attorney by profession, who now devotes her career to her purpose and passion- storytelling. After graduating from Xavier University of Louisiana and Loyola University of New Orleans College of Law, she realized her true passion was writing stories that had not yet been told. Monika is now a screenwriter and producer, who has worked as a writer and associate producer on Hearst Network’s My Amazing Cheap Date, an associate producer on Lavoi Creative’s Roots of Fire, and a script editor for MediaFusion Entertainment’s upcoming projects. She has also worked as a producer for Carl Earl-Ocran’s upcoming short film, Second Line, and the Women’s Foundation of the South’s Learn With Us web series. Monika’s dreams include one day writing and producing television shows and feature films in her own production studio.
Raised in update NY, Michael Farley got his start as an editor in Burlington, VT working at Telly award winning companies, Downtown Video & 2much Media. Michael worked with clients such as Ben & Jerry’s, Stonyfield Farm, and Rossignol Snowboards. Having a strong desire to expand his skill set, Michael moved to San Francisco to attend the Academy of Art. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art with an emphasis on visual effects animation. In San Francisco, Michael worked as an editor at Emmy Award winning Current TV, an animator for ad agency Mekanism, as well as an Image Finaling artist for PDI/Dreamworks Animation. Some of his credits at Dreamworks include Kung Fu Panda 2, Shrek 4, How to Train Your Dragon, TV specials and more. After 10 years in San Francisco, Michael moved to Austin, TX to be an entrepreneur. He created the mobile food and catering business Mission Dogs-Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs. Mission Dogs was voted best hot dog by Eastside Magazine. When he’s not slinging delicious food, Michael works as an editor. Whether it’s movies,music or food Michael believes it all involves using layers to create a narrative composition.
Stephen Thorpe is a Bay-Area based audio engineer. He started his career doing live sound and recording concerts back in 2004. Music studio work introduced him to the world of video post-production and eventually he found himself traveling the country with video crews. In 2012 he founded Din Pan Alley, an audio services company and in 2015 started a sound design studio in uptown Oakland. He does field and post-production sound for networks including ABC, CNN, NATGEO and ESPN, records remotely for NPR and travels with reality-documentary shows.